Since we arrived in Mostar I’ve been busy getting practical things done. The weather has been really good, a late week in November was sunny with 20 C during the day, which we fully enjoyed. But even after that, the temperature is of a milder winter, the skies are beautiful and the sun shines often. Living here is wonderful with all the scenes in the sky depending on the weather. Florens is walking plenty now and I refrain from even taking the stroller along, which I do only if it’s time for her to sleep. Otherwise we’re on our legs and I carry her when she’s too slow or stops all the time.
This year I also went up above Mostar på the foot are of mount Velež. Just to soak in the high energy up there in silence.
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In the old town
There’s a small central park in Mostar, which we often go to, that gives breathing space for children in the otherwise only-car-friendly urban milieu. Even though Mostar is small, condensed and everything is near – the car traffic is prioritized and in my opinion people seem lazy driving short distances and besides all of this there are many taxi fleets. No wonder the urban air is not fresh as soon as the wind stills.
I went into the big bank ruin in central Mostar, which is infamously known as the sniper tower since the war. Now it offers an overview of the city.
Spanish Square in Mostar. You see how this part is partly restored and ruins roam the central city landscape even 21 years after the war. This is due to ownership issues which lead to dead ends and that no one wants to invest in objects of uncertain ownership.
Spanish Square in Mostar, then and now
I found this low resolution photo of the Spanish Square under the nose of the bank ruin. You can clearly see how the green areas were taken care of, the pavements in good shape and so on and so on.